In this Observa review, I’ll prove that the Observa app is as good as the Field Agent app, but so far, it has not had as many job opportunities as Field Agent in my area.
Just like with Field Agent and Gigwalk, when you find a job, you can make up to $15 per hour most of the time if you are near the job site.
Per Linkedin, Observa was founded in 2015. The company is described as a “platform that delivers AI-directed actions and real-time insights. Brands and retailers use Observa to improve store execution and drive a higher ROI on marketing and sales efforts.”
CEO, Hugh Holman founded Observa with business partner Erik Chelstad (CTO). Below is the company video description: “Observa – Make money wherever you are.”
Is Observa Legit?
Observa, Inc is a company with over 7 years of history. I have no doubts that the company is legit. I have already received three payments into my Paypal account from three observations I have completed without any problems.
Typical Observa Assignments
Most opportunities with Observa involve going to a retailer and answering questions about brands in the store and taking pictures of certain products. If you have done Field Agent jobs, the Observa opportunities will look familiar.
For example, I have completed three jobs.
The first one was a demo audit in a nation-wide retailer, where I had to validate that certain products where present in the display, quickly interact with an employee, and take a few pictures.
The second one was a display audit, where I had to find and take a picture and answer a couple of questions about one display.
For the third observation, I had to report and take a couple of pictures of cheese products.
Mobile vs. Desktop or Laptop Task Completion
The only way you can make money with Observa is by using a smartphone app. You will capture all the pictures and information requested and submit the job, all with your smartphone. You can get the app on Google Play or download it on the Apple App Store.
How Can You Sign Up For Observa?
To join Observa, just download the app and create an account –this is pretty simple.
Per the website FAQ, jobs are currently offered only in the USA and Canada. Per Observa Terms of Service, to register and use the Observa app, you must be of legal age. In the USA, the legal age could be 16, 17, or 18, depending on the State.
Apparently in Canada, legal age could be 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory. So, make sure you are of legal age where you reside before registering for Observa.
Below is a company short guide on how to become an Observer and how Observa works.
How Many Available Jobs Are There?
In my experience, so far, I have not seen many available jobs in my area. I have only completed three jobs, mostly because I haven’t seen another one available.
Below is a screenshot of what the Observa app shows at this moment for my area. There are no jobs near me as of now.
By contrast, the Field Agent app in the same area, day, and time shows many potential jobs for grabs. They may or may not be exciting, but that is a different point. At least there are options.
How Much Can You Make With Observa?
Based on the three jobs I have completed, I would say that on average, you can make up to $15 per hour of work. Just like with Field Agent, this assumes you are already in the store when you accept the assignment.
If you count travel time from your home to the store, these amounts will be different. All in all, it is not bad pay for this type of gig.
I have completed three jobs.
The first one was a demo audit in a nation-wide retailer, where I had to validate that certain products where present in the display, quickly interact with an employee, and take a few pictures. It took me about 40 minutes to complete this job and paid $11.
The second one was a display audit where I had to find and take a picture and answer a couple of questions about one display. This job took me maybe 25 minutes and paid $8.
For the third observation, I had to report and take a couple of pictures of cheese products. This job also took me about 20 minutes and paid $6.
How Do You Get Paid?
Per Observa FAQ, you can get paid via PayPal or Coinbase. Coinbase includes Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin payments. Currently, there is no alternative method to get paid.
Payment is issued to the email that you sign up for Observa with. So make sure it is the same one you use for Paypal or Coinbase.
There is no minimum cash-out payment amount. If you complete a job and is approved, you will get paid.
When Will You Get Paid?
The FAQ notes that “payment is issued immediately following the validation of your submission. The validation process involves ensuring you were at the correct location, and that you completely answered each question according to the instructions.”
In my experience, the payments have been made extremely fast. In one instance, I completed the job, submitted it, and saw the money in my Paypal account minutes after I left the store. Not kidding, their payment is very fast. See below.
I submitted this job on February 29th at 1:11 pm. I received an email from Observa letting me know that the payment had been sent at 1:30 pm. And I received confirmation of the payment to my Paypal account at 1:31 pm. Truly fast!!
Does Observa Have an Affiliate Program?
Yes, Observa has an affiliate program that pays you 25% of the first 4 observations from anyone you refer.
My Experience with Observa
How Much Money Have I Made With Observa?
I have made $25 so far with Observa. This screenshot below is proof of my current earnings. I will update this section as earnings increase. [Updated March 15, 2020]
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Video Summary of Observa
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Ratings and Conclusion
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Observa is very similar to Field Agent. It is a convenient way to make extra cash when you are shopping or near a store where there is a job opportunity.
Just like with Field Agent, if you can accept jobs when you are shopping in the store or are near the store, then you can expect to make up to $15 per hour of actual work completed.
Unfortunately, there have been only a few jobs in my area. Despite that, my overall rating for Observa is 4 stars out of 5.
If you can use both, Observa and Field Agent when you are in shopping areas, you can significantly improve your per-hour earnings
➤ Fair compensation (up to $15 per hour)
➤ Cash payments available
➤ Low cash out amount
➤ Some assignments may be intimidating for some people
➤ The earnings per hour are lower if you choose to drive far to complete the job
➤ There are not enough jobs available
➤ It will not generate significant money for my 2020 income goals
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